VALTTERI BOTTAS pulled out a stirring efficiency at Imola to grab pole place off Lewis Hamilton.
The Brit had seemed on target for a tenth pole of the season in his run to a seventh world title.
Lewis Hamilton (proper) begins second after Valtteri Bottas pulled out a robust closing lapCredit score: Getty – Pool
Bottas earned his fourth pole of the yr at ImolaCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
However Bottas went one tenth faster to keep up Mercedes’ dominance of Formula One qualifying in 2020.
The Finn, 31, has two race wins this yr however neither got here from his three earlier poles.
But a disenchanted Hamilton doesn’t count on sparks to fly in Sunday’s race with it powerful to overhaul on the traditional Imola circuit.
He stated after qualifying: “It is stunning to drive however I am fairly sure you will see a reasonably boring race tomorrow.
“When you get into Flip 1 it is a prepare.”
On Bottas, he stated: “Valtteri did an excellent job, it was a reasonably poor lap from myself!
“This stuff occur, the observe is unbelievable – particularly the velocity we’re going spherical it.”
Max Verstappen begins third with Pierre Gasly taking a powerful fourth, and Daniel Ricciardo fifth.
A spark plug problem had left Verstappen livid as he dawdled residence from his first Q2 run, with Pink Bull performing a fast turnaround to avoid wasting his session.
Likewise, Alex Albon suffered a Q2 spin earlier than securing his place within the closing spherical on the dying, occurring to qualify sixth.
Sebastian Vettel, 14th, fell early after dropping his greatest time resulting from a observe restrict breach, one place behind George Russell who celebrated his new Williams contract with a robust efficiency.
Observe limits round the old fashioned Italian circuit had been a relentless fear for a lot of drivers, particularly claiming Kimi Raikkonen in Q1 earlier than Vettel and Lance Stroll in Q2.
One Ferrari fan stole a view as Charles Leclerc bagged seventh at ImolaCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Pierre Gasly took fourth whereas donning a tribute to Ayrton SennaCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty